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Published February 11, 2023 Updated February 11, 2023

Amistar playing cards

Publicity pack for product which controls fungal diseases in a range of crops, printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005.

2005 Poland KZWP-Trefl Medical & Pharmaceutical Add to Collection

This pack just about qualifies to be called an English pattern variant. The faces of the court cards are recognisable but their clothing, the colours used, and their attributes have been altered. Cereal crops can be found in the clothing of the courts or held by the Kings and Queens. The double-ended back design depicts three musketeers fighting crop disease with the wording “RADIUS MODDUS Amistar” across the centre. (“MODDUS” seems to be a product for controlling plant growth).

Publicity pack for Amistar crop spray printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005 Publicity pack for Amistar crop spray printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005

Above: publicity pack for Amistar crop spray printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005. 52 cards + 3 (identical) Jokers + 1 blank card in clear plastic box. Size: 58 x 88 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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